Former Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks is to present a new week-long Radio 4 series on morality.
Sacks, a prolific author and ethicist, will present ‘Morality in the 21st Century’ between 09.00-09.45 from 3-7 September, exploring issues such as moral responsibility, social media and Artificial Intelligence.
Interviewing a group of young people and a range of experts including economists, psychologists, scientists and philanthropists, Sacks will also discuss the impact of individualism and multiculturalism on communities and try to understand who young people see as their moral role models.
“Last year we said we’d broaden the impact and reach of our programming on religion and ethics and that’s exactly what this ambitious Radio 4 series does,” said Christine Morgan, head of radio, religion and ethics at the BBC.
Describing morality as “a huge topic,” she added: “I can think of no better person than Rabbi Sacks to help to lead this investigation and give audiences a greater insight into the big issues of our time.”
Sacks thanked the national broadcaster for giving him the chance to explore “some of the most pressing moral issues of our time”.
He added: “It has been a privilege and honour to be joined on this journey by so many of the world’s leading thinkers, as well as impressive representatives of the next generation who are going to have to be at the forefront of addressing these challenges.”